Lazio boss Edy Reja has praised his side for the way they professionally disposed of Novara on Monday night.
The Biancocelesti consolidated fourth in Serie A by collecting a 3-0 win over the struggling minnows  at the Olimpico.
Tommaso Rocchi scored twice and Giuseppe Biava got the other as the capital club moved to within four points of Juventus, two behind Milan and Udinese.
“It was a test of our maturity and I asked my players to perform with the right temperament,” the tactician noted.
“This win was fundamental to get back to breathing the air near the top of the table.”
Rocchi’s two goals rewarded Reja with the decision to start the Italian instead of the struggling Djibril Cisse – who hasn’t scored in Serie A since their first game of the season at Milan.
“Cisse? Everyone is a first team player here,” the former Napoli boss continued. “I was just disappointed that he hit the post.
“If this level of sacrifice is maintained then I will always have numerous options open to me. When you have a squad like I have then it is easy to work.”
Lazio are away to Lecce next weekend.